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At this extensive Discovery Channel Web site, learn about desert mummies, ice mummies, mummies of the mist, and more.
Some ancient cultures turned their beloved pets into mummies, planning to take them along for the afterlife. Learn more at this Cairo Museum Web site.
How Mummies Work
How Stuff Works offers an informative piece containing general information about the process of mummification in Egyptian history and elsewhere.
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Tocharian
A general history of the Tocharians and analysis of their language.
Learn about the controversy surrounding their identity.
The Silk Road Foundation
Historical and cultural information about the Chinese communities
of the "Silk Road"—the ancient highway built by the Tocharians.
Nomads and the Outside World
by A.M. Khazanov
University of Wisconsin Press, 1994
Nomads of the Eurasian Steppes in the Early Iron Age
Jeannine Davis-Kimball, Vladimir S. Bashilov, and Leonid T. Yablonsky, Eds.
Zinat Press, 1995
Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunity with the Center for the Study of Eurasian Nomads
CSEN accepts volunteers to participate in several types of research projects. In the past,
the center has conducted archaeological excavations in southern Kazakhstan along the Tien
Shan Mountains, on the Kazakhstan and Russian border in the southern Ural steppes, and in
Moldova along the Dniester River. An ongoing research project involves the study of the
nomadic societies living in southern Kazakhstan, western Mongolia, and western China.
Occasionally a project will involve studying the collections in museums located in the
former USSR countries. The archaeological and ethnographic sessions, usually divided
into three-week periods, frequently begin in June and run through mid- to late- August.
Museum studies may run as late as mid-October. The application deadline is four to six
weeks before the beginning of the first session of a given research project. The minimum
age for volunteers is 21. No experience is required, but participants must be in good
health and able to withstand challenging field conditions, unusual foods, adverse weather
and travelling situations.
The cost varies depending upon location and available facilites and is tax deductible.
To find out about upcoming projects, contact:
Director of Research Projects
Center for the Study of Eurasian Nomads
1607 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
Tele: 510 549-3708; FAX 510 849-3137
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